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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

BBC Music Day returns on 26th September, and Sheffield is joining in the fun for the fourth time – transforming the city centre into a stage for the occasion, and bringing all kinds of music to various corners of the city.

Sheffield Makes Music will weave sounds through Fargate, Orchard Square and Castlegate from 11am.

The Big Yellow Bus will pull up on Fargate for the day, hosting a diverse lineup on the Sheffield Makes Music Mash Up Stage – ending at 6:30pm with a one-off Sheffield-Ghanian fusion 'supergroup' featuring Kweku Sackey of K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade and Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers. Meanwhile in Orchard Square, Sheffield’s poet laureate Otis Mensah will host a feast of words and music at his Mash Up House, as well as compering and performing at various points throughout the day.

Follow the Leadmill Acoustic Trail on a merry dance around shops, bars and cafes to celebrate the city’s burgeoning talent, or join Delicious Clam outdoors at Kommune for a showcase of the best creative DIY musicians in the city. And keep an eye out for more amazing music in unexpected places – with performances by artists including Tixxy Bang, LIO, Opera on Location, Steve Edwards, Surf Muscle, Before Breakfast, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and the Sheffield Makes Music Pop Up Orchestra.

Over in the heart of Kelham Island, Yellow Arch Studios will host Dopamine Disco – a project set up by Simon Brown, after years of exploring sounds and making music to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

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